A Momma’s View asked the very interesting question
Isn’t it crazy how much people struggle with getting older? And by that I don’t mean with the fact that the years you have still ahead of you are getting less. I kind of get that. What I mean is the fact that so many people struggle with the idea of facing the physical change. All the little changes our body goes through. I wonder why that is the case.
I wonder too.
I guess I am definitely a “cup half full ” type of girl as I am nearing 50 and judging by my post title I’m planning on living into my 100’s.
I look at the progress in medical breakthroughs and think everyday my days are getting longer not less!
I have to admit now, in my late 40’s, my skin care regime is better than in my 20’s, that is to say I have the semi-semblance of one and I do think about my weight and how to get it down and then maintain it at a healthy level. That is a work in progress. However this is not a “Dorian Gray” scream for attention or an effort to be “Benjamin Button” rather it is an effort to stay healthy so I can enjoy and look forward to all the wonderful things life will have to offer me on my journey.
Aging is a fact of life, it doesn’t scare me. I find it quite intriguing. The grey hairs are beginning to appear. I am not that keen to hide them with dye. I am kind of interested to see if I will go that kind of “salt and pepper” and then one day realise my hair is white like my dad’s.
A recent week away with good friends was refreshing. We have aged together since we met at 13 years old and while 35 years have passed it only seems like yesterday we were in our teens, 20’s and 30’s. As the adage goes “age is only a number”. We all have our health, we are financially secure, we have many more shared experiences and we know how to have a good time. The onset of wrinkles can’t dampen that!
Some of my most exciting adventures have been in my 40’s. I did the Inca trail, Went hiking in Nepal, Climbed Mt Kinabalu and Mt Kilimanjaro, I took a year off to travel in 2011 and made the decision to come back and teach in Japan.
I guess I can only speak for myself and my wrinkles when I say I love them because with wrinkles and age comes confidence and self assurance. Having said that the predominance of make-over reality shows, obsession with skincare products and number of beauty procedures surgical or otherwise may make for a valid counter argument.
Like Momma, I find a satisfaction and beauty in the aging process. It tells my story. I remember as a child sitting with my Nan and playing with her hands, I loved the way her skin would move. Those aged hands had baked scones, grown vegetables, sewn clothes, turned many a page, raised a family and soothed grandchildren, I too think we should cherish the aging process and all the milestones it brings!
Do I want to turn back the clock? Hell no! I am enjoying life and I am looking forward to the many adventures I will have in my 50’s 60’s 70′ and 80’s.
Do I want the skin of a 20 old? Been there, done that, loved it and looking forward to the rest, wrinkles and all!
What’s your take on aging?
Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu